THEY’RE COMING: Cyclone Yasi in 2011.
THEY’RE COMING: Cyclone Yasi in 2011. AAP Images

Extreme heat and cyclones on the way to Coast this Summer

AS A major weather forecaster has predicted a long, steamy summer across

almost the entire nation, the Coast can expect five to 10 days of extreme heat.

Weatherzone meteorologist James Casey said while only one day cracked the 40-degree barrier last year, the Sunshine Coast could expect five to 10 days of weather into the 30s between November and February.

Mr Casey said that for the most part, the sea breezes would help maintain average summer temperatures along the coastline this season, but inland areas would experience significantly hotter, drier conditions this year.

"You can expect a bit less (rainfall) than average (this season)," he said.

WHAT'S MAKING NEWS

Meanwhile, Sky News Weather chief meteorologist Tom Saunders said the Queensland coast could expect three to four tropical cyclones to form, with at least one expected to make an impact on coastal regions this season.

Mr Saunders' forecast included predictions of heightened bushfire and heatwave risk across the nation, due to warmer than normal ocean temperatures off the western and southern coastline combined with a developing El Nino in the Pacific Ocean.

Coast Averages

(Since 1994)

Avge temperature:

November

27°C

December

28°C

January

29°C

February

29°C

Avge rainfall:

November

94mm

December

160mm

January

165mm

February

208mm



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